Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Fall To Croatia 12-7 In World Championship Opener


Luca Cupido scored two goals in the loss to Croatia
July 17, 2017

Budapest, Hungary - July 17 - The USA Men's National Team fell short in their opening match at the FINA World Championships with a 12-7 loss to Croatia. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Newport) scored two goals each in the loss with McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) recording 10 saves in net. Today's game will air on delay on the Olympic Channel at 6pm et/3pm pt. Team USA returns to action on Wednesday against Japan at 11:30am et/8:30am pt. The game will stream live on Olympic Channel by clicking here and will air on delay at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt. 

Team USA jumped out to a quick start with a strike from Cupido for a 1-0 lead but Croatia immediately had an answer rattling off three straight goals to close up the period at 3-1. They kept at it in the second quarter adding on two more goals to go ahead 5-1 with 4:21 to play in the half. Bowen broke the scoring onslaught with a power play goal to draw Team USA with 5-2. Croatia scored two of the next three goals to lead 7-3 at halftime. 

Luka Loncar opened the third with one of his four goals on the match to make it 8-3. Javier Garcia Gadea also scored four goals on the night and added two more in the third, wrapped around another Cupido score to leave Croatia in control at 10-4 going to the fourth. Team USA outscored Croatia in the fourth 3-2 including the first World Championship goal in the career of Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/Loyola HS (CA)/Trojan) but it wasn't enough to make up the deficit. 

The United States went 5/9 on power plays while Croatia was 3/9 with neither side attempting a penalty shot. For complete World Championships results, click here.

Scoring
USA 7 (1, 2, 1, 3) L. Cupido 2, A. Bowen 2, A. Obert 1, M. Vavic 1, J. Hooper 1
CRO 12 (3, 4, 3, 2) L. Loncar 4, J. Garcia Gaeda 4, A. Vukicevic 2, L. Fatovic 1, M. Jokovic 1
Saves - USA - M. Baron 10
6x5 - USA - 5/9 - CRO - 3/9 

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